Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

September 15, 2016

Clinton Makes Health Stats Public-Trump Had Dr. Oz Say He is Healthy

Hillary Clinton released medical records on Wednesday providing new details about both her pneumonia diagnosis and general health — just hours after Donald Trump offered some new information about his own well being in a taped appearance on the "Dr. Oz Show." 
The dueling releases shed some new light on Clinton's condition and added little to an already-thin amount of known details about Trump's health. 
A letter from Clinton's doctor states that the Democratic presidential nominee last Friday was diagnosed with mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia. "She is recovering well with antibiotics and rest. She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as president of the United States," said Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton's doctor. 
Dr. Bardack also revealed she evaluated Clinton a week earlier, on Sept. 2 for a fever, congestion and fatigue. 
"Over the next several days as she traveled, her congestion worsened and she developed a cough. She was advised to see me when she returned from her travels for further testing," Dr. Bardack wrote. During the follow-up, a non-contrast chest CT scan revealed the pneumonia.  
The release of Clinton's records came just hours after Trump provided some new medical information of his own in a taped an appearance of "The Dr. Oz Show," which is scheduled to air Thursday. Trump handed the show's host a letter containing new details from a recent examination Dr. Harold Bornstein — the same physician that vouched for Trump's health in a brief letter he wrote in just five minutes earlier this year. That information has not been provided to reporters by the campaign. 
Dr. Mehmet Oz told NBC News after the taping he was "surprised" Trump provided him with the information. 
"I looked at them and tried to process it pretty quickly and I got to say as a doctor, if he was my patient, they are good for a man of his age," Dr. Oz said. 
Those in the audience told NBC News after the interview that Dr. Oz gave Trump a clean bill of health. "Even Dr. Oz said that, you know, if it was his patient he would be extremely happy and just, kind of, send him on his way," audience member Bryan Manzali told NBC News following the taping in New York City. 
"Other than apparently his body mass index being a little high, the man is in incredibly good shape. Dr. Oz was very, very impressed," said Matthew Stevens, who also was in the audience. 
Clinton's campaign released a far more detailed look at her health and some of the highlights include: 
Clinton is currently taking Armor Thyroid, Coumadin, Levaquin (temporarily), Clarinex and B-12 as needed. Her blood pressure is 100/70; heart rate of 70; respiratory rate of 18; temperature of 97.8 and pulse-oximetry of 99 percent. 
Clinton's vaccinations are "up to date" and include Prevnar and Pneumovax.  
She has had a normal mammogram and breast ultrasound. Lab testing (vitamin D, CBC, fasting blood glucose, comprehensive metabolic panel, hemoglobin A1-C, vitamin B-12) is "normal," including cholesterol of 189, LDL of 103, HDL of 56 and triglycerides of 159. 
Dr. Bardack said, "the remainder of her complete physical exam was normal and she is in excellent mental condition." 
The Clinton campaign on Wednesday also released a letter from vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine’s doctor declaring him to be in "excellent health" and add a daily vitamin D supplement.


September 13, 2016

Pneumonia Interactive Overview


September 12, 2016

Did Secret Service Brake Protocol on Mrs. Clinton’s Security?

 On this picture you can see Secret Service on the right opening the door of the van for Mrs.Clinton. He left her side to open door then had to rush back when Clinton on center seemed to be collapsing. You can see Mrs. Clinton uncovered or lightly covered on the right… Those few seconds or even a split second is all it takes as we learned from the shooting of Pres. Reagan

The US Secret Service appears to have broken its own protocol with Hillary Clinton’s early departure from Sunday’s commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at ground zero.

In a widely circulated video of the Democratic presidential nominee’s departure from the ceremony, Clinton can be seen leaning against a security bollard and then buckling and stumbling as her security detail helps her into a black van.

 According to a former Secret Service agent who reviewed the video, the detail was clearly rushing and did not expect for Clinton to leave at that time. The former agent noted that it is against Secret Service protocol for the protected individual to wait for a car to arrive. In the video, Clinton is leaning against the bollard as a black van pulls up.

It is also very unusual for a detail leader to leave the protected individual’s side, as a Secret Service agent, Todd Madison, is seen doing in the video, to open the van’s doors. Opening the van is the site agent’s job, according to the former agent; the detail leader’s proper position is next to Clinton. The agent may have had little choice given the rushed nature of the departure. 

Hillary Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 ceremony after feeling ‘’overheated,’’ and video later showed her stumbling and appearing to fall off a curb.

The incident also raised questions about Clinton’s traveling pool of reporters, which she left behind at ground zero when she departed unexpectedly, leaving the press with no knowledge of her whereabouts or condition for about 90 minutes.

Clinton travels with a small group of reporters and photographers representing broadcast and print outlets. The arrangement, called a ‘‘pool,’’ approximates the rotating group of press outlets that travel with the president.

Trump has no such pool, a break with past candidates. He had no reporters with him Sunday, when he appeared unannounced at the same Sept. 11 memorial ceremony Clinton attended.

Clinton resisted very close contact with her pool over the summer, consenting only to travel on her own small jet in tandem with the pool and not allowing the same kind of full-time coverage customary at the White House.

Starting on Labor Day, Clinton began traveling on the same large campaign plane with her Secret Service detail and reporters, and the pool has had greater access to some of her events including a find-raising party in New York on Friday night that featured Barbra Streisand. It was at that event when Clinton stirred controversy by referring to some Donald Trump supporters as ‘‘deplorables.’’

In the White House model, a so-called protective pool is on constant standby each day, until given an all-clear that the president will not have any further public events or outings. That model has been followed more closely by presidential candidates in the past.

Clinton is not allowing door-to-door pool coverage, in which the pool group would assemble at her home and travel with her from there. Instead, pool reporters have met up with Clinton at her plane or elsewhere. On Sunday, the pool was left behind both when Clinton departed the memorial and when she departed her daughter Chelsea’s apartment. The pool was later driven separately to Westchester County, where Clinton lives.

Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama’s first White House press secretary, suggested in a tweet Sunday that it’s time for Clinton to adopt a more formal protective pool.

‘’Protective pool isn’t always easy for either candidate or press but there comes a point for each nominee when it must be part of daily life,’’ he said.

Mrs. Clinton Has Health Episode 90 Min.into 911 Ceremony

Mrs. Clinton 2Hrs after health episode

Hillary Clinton is being treated for pneumonia, her campaign said Sunday following the emergence of a video earlier in the day that appeared to show the Democratic presidential nominee in the process of fainting.

Clinton abruptly departed the 9/11 memorial ceremony Sunday morning, prompting immediate questions about the politician’s health. Following her exit, Clinton was whisked away first to her daughter Chelsea’s Madison Square Park apartment, and then to her home in Chappaqua.

At first, the Clinton campaign said only that she felt “overheated” and provided little other information. But later Sunday afternoon, Clinton’s doctor released a statement through the campaign explaining the nature of the former secretary of state’s ailment.

“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” Dr. Lisa R. Bardack said in a statement. 

“She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely,” Bardack wrote.

While GOP rivals have for months focused on rumors about Clinton’s supposed health problems, questions began percolating in earnest Sunday morning after Clinton struggled to stand as she left the 9/11 memorial ceremony Sunday morning.

The Democratic presidential nominee left the 15th anniversary event around 9:30 a.m., departing in a van on the sidelines of the memorial in Manhattan.

 The Clinton camp said following her exit that the candidate felt “overheated” and retreated to her daughter Chelsea Clinton’s Madison Square Park apartment.

A statement about 90 minutes after her sudden exit said Clinton was feeling "much better."

Clinton stepped out of the apartment alone shortly before noon. She chatted with a little girl outside, smiled and waved to reporters and shouted, “It’s a beautiful day in New York!”

She told media she was "feeling great," but dodged all other questions before hopping into a van and leaving.

Clinton aide Huma Abedin departed separately moments later, and Chelsea Clinton stepped out later while ignoring reporters.

Reps said Clinton headed to her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., where the campaign later revealed, she had been seen by her doctor.

The campaign revealed Clinton’s diagnosis in a statement just after 5:30 p.m. ET.

A recent Rasmussen Poll said that almost 60 per cent of American voters think that presidential candidates should release their most recent medical records before the country goes to the polls. That is a much higher proportion than even four years ago and may reflect the anxiety that Clinton’s health has been stirring for some time. 

Clinton, we know, suffered a concussion after fainting at the end of 2012, an event that was included in medical records that were released by her physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, at the beginning of the campaign in July 2015. She said the former Secretary of State is “in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States”.

Trump has hardly been a model of transparency when it comes to his medical fitness, so far releasing nothing more than a brief letter from his doctor saying he is in fine health all round. If he is going to continue to make an issue of Clinton’s physical fitness, he should be obliged to be more forthcoming too. (We will leave his refusal to release his tax returns for another day.)
But Clinton: if it really was merely the heat and fatigue getting to you on Sunday morning, then make sure you give us all the details you can before the conspiracy theorists get busy and convince the nation that you are in fact suffering from something much worse. 

Of course, if the opposite is the case and you are suffering from a thus-far undisclosed condition, then the country is in for another election-race upheaval with consequences that for now we can’t predict. But good for the Democrats that clearly would not be.

September 3, 2016

Millions of Dead Bees in a Nuked Looking Area After Zika Spraying

On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers.
Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that colony collapse disorder was not the culprit — in that odd phenomenon, workers vanish as though raptured, leaving a living queen and young bees behind.
Instead, the dead heaps signaled the killer was less mysterious, but no less devastating. The pattern matched acute pesticide poisoning. By one estimate, at a single apiary — Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply, in Summerville — 46 hives died on the spot, totaling about 2.5 million bees.
Walking through the farm, one Summerville woman wrote on Facebook, was “like visiting a cemetery, pure sadness.” 
A Clemson University scientist collected soil samples from Flowertown on Tuesday, according to WCBD-TV, to further investigate the cause of death. But to the bee farmers, the reason is already clear. Their bees had been poisoned by Dorchester’s own insecticide efforts, casualties in the war on disease-carrying mosquitoes.
On Sunday morning, parts of Dorchester County were sprayed with Naled, a common insecticide that kills mosquitoes on contact. The United States began using Naled in 1959, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which notes that the chemical dissipates so quickly it is not a hazard to people. That said, human exposure to Naled during spraying “should not occur.”
In parts of South Carolina, trucks trailing pesticide clouds are not an unusual sight, thanks to a mosquito-control program that also includes destroying larvae. Given the current concerns of West Nile virus and Zika — there are several dozen cases of travel-related Zika in South Carolina, though the state health department reports no one has yet acquired the disease from a local mosquito bite — Dorchester decided to try something different Sunday.

The Zika virus, explained

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Everything you ever wanted to know about the Zika virus and its spread across North and South America. (Daron Taylor, Claritza Jimenez/The Washington Post)
It marked a departure from Dorchester County’s usual ground-based efforts. For the first time, an airplane dispensed Naled in a fine mist, raining insect death from above between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The county says it provided plenty of warning, spreading word about the pesticide plane via a newspaper announcement Friday and a Facebook post Saturday. Local beekeepers felt differently. 
“Had I known, I would have been camping on the steps doing whatever I had to do screaming, ‘No you can’t do this,'” beekeeper Juanita Stanley said in an interview with Charleston’s WCSC-TV. Stanley told the Charleston Post and Courier that the bees are her income, but she is more devastated by the loss of the bees than her honey.
The county acknowledged the bee deaths Tuesday. “Dorchester County is aware that some beekeepers in the area that was sprayed on Sunday lost their beehives,” Jason Ward, county administrator, said in a news release. He added, according to the Charleston Post and Courier, “I am not pleased that so many bees were killed.”

Planes spray pesticides aimed at mosquitos carrying Zika in Florida

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Officials in Miami are hoping pesticides sprayed from the skies will be enough to kill the mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus there. Florida health officials have identified 15 Zika cases spread by local mosquitoes. (Reuters)
Spraying Naled from the air is not unprecedented, particularly when covering areas that cannot be reached by truck. In a single year in Florida, more than 6 million acres were fumigated with the chemical, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency argued in January that the technique should be used to curb Zika in Puerto Rico. 
But the insect neurotoxin cannot discriminate between honey bees and bloodsuckers. A profile of the chemical in Cornell University’s pesticide database warned that “Naled is highly toxic to bees.”
Although the insecticide was known to kill bees, to South Carolina beekeepers spraying had not been as significant a concern as parasites, disease and other hive threats. As South Carolina Beekeepers Association President Larry Haigh told the Post and Courier in June 2015, many counties will spray at night, when honey bees do not forage for pollen. Plus, given sufficient warning, beekeepers will shield their hives and protect the bees’ food and water from contamination.
Sunday was different. Summerville resident Andrew Macke, who keeps bees as a hobby, wrote on Facebook that the hot weather left bees particularly exposed. Once temperatures exceed 90 degrees, bees may exit the nest to cool down in what is called a beard, clustering on the outside of the hive in a ball. Neither Macke nor Stanley had covered their hives.
And then came the plane. 
“They passed right over the trees three times,” Stanley said to ABC 4 News. After the plane left, the familiar buzzing stopped. The silence in its wake was like a morgue, she said.
As for the dead bees, as Stanley told the AP, her farm “looks like it’s been nuked.”
A Summerville resident started a petition calling for Dorchester County to halt aerial Naled spraying. It is unclear whether those who lost bees are pursuing other recourse. 
Update: Dorchester County administrator Jason Ward wrote to The Washington Post in a statement on Thursday, clarifying that the county sent out a press release at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26.
“The beekeepers that were on the county’s contact list that were in the zone to be sprayed were called with one exception. Mr. Scott Gaskins, who runs the Mosquito Control program, failed to call Mitch Yawn, Ms. Juanita Stanley’s business partner,” Ward said in the email.
“The second issue regarding beekeepers like Mr. Andrew Macke revolves around the fact that the county did not have these locations on its list. However, we have reached out to the Lowcountry Beekeepers Association and they provided us with the names and locations for other beekeepers in Dorchester County.” 
“They passed right over the trees three times,” Stanley said to ABC 4 News. After the plane left, the familiar buzzing stopped. The silence in its wake was like a morgue, she said.
As for the dead bees, as Stanley told the AP, her farm “looks like it’s been nuked.”
A Summerville resident started a petition calling for Dorchester County to halt aerial Naled spraying. It is unclear whether those who lost bees are pursuing other recourse.
Update: Dorchester County administrator Jason Ward wrote to The Washington Post in a statement on Thursday, clarifying that the county sent out a press release at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26.
“The beekeepers that were on the county’s contact list that were in the zone to be sprayed were called with one exception. Mr. Scott Gaskins, who runs the Mosquito Control program, failed to call Mitch Yawn, Ms. Juanita Stanley’s business partner,” Ward said in the email.
“The second issue regarding beekeepers like Mr. Andrew Macke revolves around the fact that the county did not have these locations on its list. However, we have reached out to the Lowcountry Beekeepers Association and they provided us with the names and locations for other beekeepers in Dorchester County.”

How the Zika virus affects an infant's brain

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Doctors confirmed the link between the Zika virus and microcephaly in April. While the most visible sign of microcephaly is the small size of the head, its actually inside the brain where the most damage occurs.
 (Whitney Leaming, Julio Negron/The Washington Post) 

November 6, 2015

On Organic Diet and No Family Hist of Cancer but Still gets Stomach Cancer? Organic Salt?


There’s plastic in your salt, Organic Salt.
That’s the finding of a new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. 
When researchers analyzed fifteen brands of common table salt bought at supermarkets across China, they found among the grains of seasoning micro-sized particles of the common water bottle plastic polyethylene terephthalate, as well as polyethylene, cellophane, and a wide variety of other plastics.
The highest level of plastic contamination was found in salt sourced from the ocean: The researchers measured more than 1,200 particles of plastic per lb of sea salt. The team, led by Huahong Shi of East China Normal University also found tiny particles of plastic in salt sourced from briny lakes, briny wells, and salt mines, although at lower levels—between 15 and 800 particles/ lb.
Where’s all that plastic coming from? Microbeads, for one — those tiny bits of plastic in your face wash that go down the drain and into the water table, where they eventually end up in the ocean, and then your stomach. That’s not good because microplastics soak up cancer-causing and endocrine-disrupting pollutants in the water and deposit them in your body.
This study looked specifically at salt sold in Chinese markets, but is it possible that salt sold in the U.S. is contaminated with microplastics as well? Definitely, according to Sherri Mason, professor at SUNY Fredonia, and an expert on microplastics. “Plastics have become such a ubiquitous contaminant, I doubt it matters whether you look for plastic in sea salt on Chinese or American supermarket shelves,” she told Scientific American.
How big a problem is this, and what’s the conscientious consumer to do? Well, the concentration of plastics in salt is still less than it is in shellfish, so it probably shouldn’t be the biggest concern on your plate. Besides that, salt is both essential for life and fairly easy on the environment, compared to most things we eat, so don’t go cold turkey on it just yet. So what’s the solution? You can start by ditching the microbeads: The less plastic that ends up in the ocean, the less that ends up in your gut.

April 6, 2015

Acetaminophen Will Not Help Back or Bones Pain but it Could Kill your Liver


Acetaminophen (paracetamol, acetyl-para-aminophenol; APAP) was ineffective for low back pain and provided only clinically insignificant relief of hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) pain while quadrupling the risk for liver function abnormalities, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published March 31 by Australian researchers in the British Medical Journal. On the basis of this analysis, the researchers suggest that acetaminophen's front-line place in OA and back pain clinical treatment guidelines should be reconsidered.
Edward Michna, MD, director of the Pain Trials Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and member of the American Pain Society board of directors, told Medscape Medical News that the results are interesting, but subject to the limitations to meta-analysis, which is only as good as the quality of the original studies and may be biased by the limitation of the available studies published.
Dr Michna, who was not involved in the study, said, "I would not place too much importance on these results. There is large variation in response of patients to pain medications, [and] there are subpopulations of patients that do well on APAP and probably should continue to use it as first-line therapy." Dr Michna added that nonresponders should (but sometimes do not) stop taking APAP, as risks may exceed the benefit. "The problem is that patients, out of frustration and anxiety, will continue taking medications even if it doesn't help, just so they feel they are doing something to treat their pain," he said.
However, Raveendhara R. Bannuru, MD, PhD, director, Center for Treatment Comparison and Integrative Analysis; assistant professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine; and member of the Special & Scientific Staff at the Tufts Center for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, told Medscape Medical News that the Australian study added to a growing body of evidence supporting reconsideration of the role of APAP.
Dr Bannuru, who was not involved in this study, recently reached similar conclusions in a meta-analysis of pharmacologic interventions for knee OA.
"I would definitely expect all the concerned societies involved in developing OA guidelines to take a closer look at this study, as well as our study in reassessing their recommendation on the use of acetaminophen," Dr Bannuru said.
Drugs are the most common first-line approach to treating spinal pain and OA. Acetaminophen is recommended as first-line treatment in major treatment guidelines, including those from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society, those from the European League Against Rheumatism, those from the American College of Rheumatology, those from Osteoarthritis Research Society International, and those from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Little Evidence of APAP Efficacy in Low Back Pain, Knee/Hip OA Found
Gustavo C. Machado, a PhD student at the George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney, Australia, and colleagues, working with Associate Professor Manuela L. Ferreira, PhD, from the University of Sydney Institute of Bone and Joint Research, analyzed data from 13 randomized controlled trials that compared the efficacy and safety of acetaminophen with placebo in more than 5000 patients with low back pain (n = 1825) or hip or knee OA (n = 3541). Primary outcomes were pain (scale of 0 - 100), disability (scale of 0 - 100), and quality of life. Secondary outcomes were adverse effects, adherence, and use of rescue medications, and the researchers used the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) approach to evaluate quality of evidence.
In low back pain, the authors found high-quality evidence that acetaminophen was ineffective in the short term for reducing pain, reducing disability, or improving quality of life.
In hip and knee OA, the authors found high-quality evidence that acetaminophen produced a statistically significant reduction in pain, but the difference (−3.7) was far below the −9.0 criterion for minimal clinically important difference. Similarly, the −2.9 reduction in disability did not meet the criterion for clinical importance.
Maurizio Cutolo, MD, director, Research Laboratories and Academic Division of Clinical Rheumatology, University of Genova, Italy, who was not involved in the study, told Medscape Medical News, "At least for back pain, which is a very acute and disabling condition, APAP is not effective as first-line treatment. The severity of the pain and the multitude of possible causes are so intensive that a combination treatment must be started in case of early back pain." Dr Cutolo recommended consideration of local depot steroid injection, physiotherapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or major analgesics where needed.
Acetaminophen Liver Toxicity Remains a Concern
Patients who took acetaminophen were 3.8 times more likely to have abnormal liver function tests, but the researchers note that this finding is of uncertain clinical importance. Acetaminophen and placebo groups had similar rates of adverse events, serious adverse events, study withdrawal resulting from adverse events, treatment adherence, and use of rescue medication.
Dr Michna commented that the clinical effects of the liver changes reported in the study are unclear, and that rates of significant liver disease and failure are still relatively small (except in overdose) compared with the gastrointestinal complications that occur in much greater numbers with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and the problems of overdose and addiction associated with opioids. Dr Michna also raised the concern that in cases where APAP does not produce adequate pain relief, patients might take even more than the recommended dose in the hope that more might be better, further increasing the risk for liver toxicity.
"If medications are not helping, they need to be stopped. Patients have to have this point reinforced. There is no point taking medications that are not helping that could have harmful effects," Dr Michna said.
Four of the coauthors received research support from GlaxoSmithKline. Machado also received support from GlaxoSmithKline for a PhD scholarship. Dr Michna and Dr Bannuru have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Dr Cutolo is a member of the advisory board for Horizon Pharma AG.

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